Taking flight: Phoenix native Clara Rios finds home in UNK aviation program

Clara Rios, set to graduate from UNK in 2026, has already taken flight toward her career goals. With her private pilot’s license secured and current role at Kearney Regional Airport, the Phoenix, Arizona, native discusses how the unique combination of practical flight training and other hands-on learning at UNK is equipping her for a successful future in aviation management.